If the high prices of mechanical hard drives has you feeling blue, perhaps you should use it as an excuse to kick a little green at a high performance solid state drive instead. You won't save any money by going that route, but if it's a matter of principle, or if you've been shopping a fast SSD anyway, SanDisk is hoping you'll consider its new Extreme SSD line.
When the going gets tough, most technology throws up its hands in defeat and wilts like a flower. The majority of gadgets on the market just aren’t built to face the drop-down, submerged-in-liquid realities of everyday life – just ask anybody who ever had to replace his smartphone after spilling just a few drips of soda on it.
You won’t find any of that wussy gear in this gallery.
Powercolor, an old stalwart in the videocard business, appears to have picked up some inspiration from its peers and is branching off into new territory. Specifically, Powercolor just entered the power supply market with the introduction of its Extreme and Gaming series.
The Gaming models are available in 500W and 600W units, while the Extreme series is reserved for the 850W and 1000W models. All four are 80 Plus certified, with the Extreme series boasting 80 Plus Bronze certification. In addition, the Extreme series sport modular cables and a bigger 140mm fan, while the Gaming models use fixed cables and a 120mm fan.
Otherwise, Powercolor is touting mostly similar features across the board, including high quality Japanese made capacitors, CrossFire and SLI support, Active PFC, and multiple +12V rails rather than a single large +12V rail.
At first glance, you might think the Asus Rampage III Extreme board has just four PCI-E slots, which would be simply wimpy next to the whopping six slots in MSI’s Big Bang-XPower. But don’t be fooled by the optical illusion. The Rampage III actually has five PCI-E slots capable of fitting full x16 PCI-E cards, and one oddly empty space.
A Comcast customer posted a snapshot of his Internet bill on DSLReports.com, which makes mention of an upcoming broadband tier. Called "Extreme 105," the new level of service will offer subscribers download speeds of up to 105Mbps and upstream speeds of up to 10Mbps.
According to the DSLReport's member's bill, the service won't come cheap. It's going to run a nickel shy of $200 per month, and "Professional installation is required for a fee of $249.00." That means your first month's bill is going to run nearly $450, plus modem rental fee and taxes.
Steep pricing aside, the Extreme 105 service, which will be available on or around June 1, 2010, could make Comcast the speed king in the U.S. It could also kick off a broadband race of sorts, where ISPs try to one-up each other. CableVision, for example, offers 101Mbps service, and you can bet it's only a matter of time before a competitor comes out with 106Mpbs or greater broadband speeds.
It seems as though SSD manufacturers are increasingly taking aim at the performance market, and that's certainly the case with Corsair's new Extreme Series SSDs.
Available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities, the Extreme Series X32, X64, and X128 boast read speeds of up to 240MB/s and write speeds of up to 170MB/s. All three drives also incorporate the Indilinx Barefoot controller and Samsung MLC NAND flash memory.
"The combination of the Indilinx Barefoot controller, Samsung flash memory, and 64MB of on-board cache delivers blistering, stutter-free performance, eliminating the bottleneck imposed by traditional mechanical hard disks," said Jim Carlton, VP of Marketing at Corsair.
In addition, Corsair says its Extreme Series also come with user-upgradeable firmware, which will later add features such as the upcoming TRIM command for Windows 7.
Corsair says the drives are available now, though we didn't spot any being sold at the usual online outlets. Suffice to say, no word on price.